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Old 12-02-2013, 05:56 PM   #1
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i'm trying to make a fedora 19 usb boot disk, and i'm having no luck. Come to think of it, everytime i've tried to make a usb bootable it takes various attempts and i don't know why. unetbootin didn't work, linux usb creator didn't work. The last couple times i've made a bootable usb that worked, i've used the 'dd' command, but that usually results in the usb max size getting reduced to MB's from GB's and then i have to use a partitioning program to get it back.

is there something that i could be doing wrong? its an ideapad y500 thats only a few months old, so it should have no issue booting from usb. the last attempt with linux live, was just a blinking cursor.
Old 12-03-2013, 12:45 AM   #2
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Typically live cd or live DVD spins do better with unetbootin. If you want a true bootable bona fide system, insert the USB thumb drive or external drive. Use a traditional full featured DVD and select the USB for installing your main and boot partition. If you're paranoid, remove your hard drive to avoid any mixup. That should not be necessary, however.

Just pretend your computer has more then one drive and you want Linux on the smaller of the two.

In bios, set the USB to boot first before the main drive does. If you do a traditional install on a thumb drive, it may only run on the particular machine used to build it. The live editions have no such issue, but changes aren't saved.

I have booted fedora externally with a USB. It is stable, but sluggish. I'd suggest one of the light weight desktops, probably lxde.

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Old 12-03-2013, 12:46 AM   #3
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Sorry to hear your having trouble getting Fedora on to a usb memory stick.

This Fedora page should help.

Your system will only boot in the order is which it is set to.
Try going into your BIOS and set your computer to boot to 'usb' first.
Than if it doesn't see any device plugged into the usb port than your computer should proceed to boot to the HDD.

Is this the ideaPad that you have?

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Old 12-03-2013, 04:07 AM   #4
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Hi iceman81,

I've used a freeby utility called rufus to make bootable USBs with a variety of distro ISOs.

Might be worth a try.

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I think what you want is to make a full usb install and not a live usb.

Remove power to internal drive. Boot to dvd and install to usb just as if it were a normal hard drive.


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